Drive belt Tensioner Pulley replacement

Tiny
EDTHEK1
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
Engine Mechanical problem

Good morning. I need to replace the drivebelt tensioner pulley on my 97 Dodge Grand Caravan (and the belt). Do you have steps to replace the tensioner pulley itself and are there any tricks or particulars to watch out for. I'm not an expert mechanic but pretty fair.
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 AT 8:25 AM

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Tiny
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3.0L or 3.3l is the same. You'll see a square hole in the tensioner.
That is for a long tool to help take off the tension so the belt can come off. A 15 mm nut may also be there for some vehicles, it needs a long handle. After that, it is easy. Usually, the pulley is held on by 15 mm bolts and a nut or two from behind. Battery unhooked. ok It is an easy job, with that serpentine belt tool. At most Auto stores. Glad your keeping it in good shape. That belt does a lot of work.
See the guide below on replacing a belt tensioner- not vehicle specific, but will give you an idea

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/serpentine-belt-tensioner-replacement

Diagram below shows the arrangement on the front of the engine
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 1:29 PM
Tiny
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  • 1993 DODGE CARAVAN
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1993 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

cannot seem to find the right placement to pry the tension pulley down to relieve the tension on the belt whats the secret.
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Monday, October 1st, 2018 AT 12:01 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Put wrench on that bolt in middle of pully
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Monday, October 1st, 2018 AT 12:01 PM (Merged)

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